Published: Thu, June 14, 2018
Sports | By Jonathan Ford

Robbie Williams flips off the camera at the opening ceremony

Robbie Williams flips off the camera at the opening ceremony

The 2018 FIFA World Cup opening ceremony will have a slightly different format compared to previous editions of the tournament.

Thousands of fans turned out at the opening event and were treated to a performances by Russian and global musicians as well as a viewing of the World Cup trophy.

Russian president Vladimir Putin then gave a speech at the Luzhniki Stadium.

It is across the river from Luzhniki Stadium, which will host seven games at the World Cup, including the opening game on June 14 and final on July 15.

The FIFA 2018 World Cup hits the ground running in Russian Federation this week.

"So we hope that they will show us that they can qualify for the second round".

Here is the official world cup anthem. The mega showpiece event kicks off tonight straight after the grand opening ceremony. Sling TV will also have two team channels with commentary for each team in English, including a player isolation camera, a team bench camera and real-time team versus team match stats. You can sign up for a free 7-day trial, and you can then watch the show live on your computer via the Sling TV website, or on your phone, tablet or streaming device via the Sling TV app. Fubo launched a revamped homepage ahead of the tournament and is making Fox Sports World Cup bonus feeds available to viewers within the fubo platform, and making all World Cup programming on Fox available in 60FPS.

But Williams chose not to sing the song, instead performing a medley of his hits as Putin, Saudi Arabian Crowd Prince Mohammed bin Salman and Federation Internationale de Football Association president Giovanni Infantino sat in the stands. In addition, Telegraph has reported that 500 dancers, gymnasts and trampolinists will be involved, as will Russian soprano Aida Garifullina.

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